What does the European Union’s Common Charger Directive mean?
Earlier this year, the European Union agreed to implement a rule that ensures that a common charging port is used for a wide range of electronic devices.
When will the rule come out and what devices will be affected?
The general charger type rule will be implemented in the second half of 2024. Most device manufacturers, according to online reports, have said that in the next 24 months they will ensure their hardware is compliant with the regulation. Type-C port switch. Almost any consumer electronic device will be affected. Cell phones, tablets, e-readers, earbuds, digital cameras, headsets and headsets, handheld video game consoles and portable speakers that can be recharged via Wired cables will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port, regardless of their manufacturer.
Why did the EU implement a general charging rule?
According to the European Parliament, consumers will be able to save up to 250 million euros a year by avoiding buying a lot of unnecessary chargers. Furthermore, the EU says that discarded and unused chargers account for an estimated 11,000 tonnes of e-waste annually. The European Parliament said: “This act is part of the EU’s efforts to make products in the EU more sustainable, reduce e-waste and make life easier for consumers. than.
What does this new rule mean for Apple’s iPhone?
It was in 2013 when Apple introduced the Lightning port for the first time on the iPhone 5. But the proposed EU rule change would mean Apple would have no choice but to accept it. Rumors suggest that Apple has already started working on switching to Type-C and could do so as early as 2023. This means that the next iPhone – model 2024 – could come with a Type-C port- C.
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That may not be entirely the case because of the directives for the European Union and Brazil as of now. So Apple doesn’t really have to get rid of the Lightning port entirely as the majority of countries haven’t given any indication of changing charging cable rules. But it’s unlikely that Apple will have two different types of ports on the iPhone, which vary by region.
Could Apple somehow avoid the Type-C charging port?
The European Union rules only apply to wired charging. Unless Apple makes a ‘portless’ iPhone, it’s unlikely that a Type-C port won’t appear on the iPhone. Europe is a market that is too lucrative for Apple to accept this rule.
Is the iPhone the only Apple product affected by this rule?
Apple has used the Type-C port in a lot of its products – iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad mini, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air among others. However, some other products still use the Lightning port. AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse – all use the Lightning port. So these will also have to be ported by Apple to a Type-C port.